Former England under 21 striker Matt Derbyshire has joined Greek Super League side Olympiakos on loan for the rest of the season. This move has surprised many, and is one of the most unexpected moves of the window. It is thought that the Greek side wanted to bolster their attacking options upfront, by temporarily signing Derbyshire.

The twenty-two year old has struggled in his attempts to force his way into the first team at Ewood Park this season. With competition for places coming from the likes of Santa Cruz and Benni McCarthy, one can understand his exclusion. However, the Blackburn striker has shown great ambition by joining Olympiakos, and it proves that he’s certainly up for the challenge of what ever the Greek league may throw at him.

If the loan move proves successful, then Derbyshire could even possibly extend his stay at Olympiakos and join on a permanent deal. The Greek side can offer him European football along with great weather all year round. But, it will have taken a lot for the forward to have even gone out on loan, with him being a Blackburn supporter when he was younger, and living very locally to Ewood Park. He understood though the importance of a loan move to a club of such prestige, to further his career.

In recent years, the number of English players joining foreign sides has been declining for various reasons. These include the overpricing of many British players by their current club, different attitudes and playing styles. However, Matt has been presented with a fantastic opportunity to make a name for himself off-shores, and one that he has taken up.

Many are tipping the young striker to do well in Greece, with his proven track goalscoring record for both the England under 21 team, with 4 goals in 12 games and his current club Blackburn scoring 10 goals in 63 appearances. But, new manager Sam Allardyce has failed to see a use for the player in his current team, and has decided to loan him out on a temporary basis to gain more match experience, much the story with a host of young players.

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